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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-An introduction to the life cycle of frogs, with additional facts about individual species on the last two pages. Sentences are simple, with questions and exclamations to help break up the informative text. Keller's clean, clear watercolor illustrations, similar in style to those of Nancy Tafuri, show a variety of pond animals and plant life through the seasons. Other books on this topic are generally geared to older readers, making this attractive picture book a good starting point for beginning readers interested in nature.
Sandra Welzenbach, H.K. Williams Elementary School, San Antonio, TX
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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“Well-designed ink drawings washed with soft-toned watercolors stretch across the double-page spreads, showing the action above and below water level.” (Booklist)

“Sentences are simple, with questions and exclamations to help break up the informative text. Keller’s clean, clear watercolor illustrations, similar in style to those of Nancy Tafuri, show a variety of pond animals and plant life through the seasons.” (School Library Journal)

“Kindergarten and preschool-age children, as well as their parents and teachers, will be fascinated by this book on the life cycle of the frog. The illustrations are simple, interesting, and just right for young children. (Science Books and Films) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 520L (What's this?)
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1 (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (April 22, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064451232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064451239
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Wendy Pfeffer has written several other books for children,including From Tadpole to Frog and What's It Like to Be a Fish? both illustrated by Holly Keller. Ms. Pfeffer lives in Pennington, NJ. Holly Keller has illustrated Let's Go Rock Collecting by Roma Gans and You're Aboard Spaceship Earth by Patricia Lauber, as well as her own books starring Horace and Geraldine. Ms. Keller lives in West Redding, CT.

Customer Reviews

My 3 and 5 year old loved it.
Amazon Customer
The book is very easy to understand for younger children and the illustrations are great as well.
Court
They chart the tadpoles transformation into a frog!
Barbara A. Hughes

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By aaa-Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a nice book with attractive artwork that describes the two-year life cycle of the American Bullfrog. As a Stage One book "From Tadpole to Frog" uses simple sentences and concepts that are appropriate for toddlers, preschoolers, and young children up to about 8 or 9 years of age.

Besides a description of the Bullfrog lifecycle, and the 'where Bullfrogs can be found' map, there are pictures with brief descriptions of 5 other frogs, including the Leopard, Pickerel, Wood, Spring Peeper, and Gray Tree frogs.

Four Stars. Good artwork on every page. The color runs from edge to edge. Okay Read-aloud. The Bullfrog is interesting as even the tadpoles hibernate for one year. Nothing objectionable in my opinion; although I should note above that there is a brief mention of reproduction. [I mention this as some parents have concerns and have told me they appreciate such notes.] The book, in any case, says the following about frog reproduction:

At night you hear "Ba-ra-rooom... ba-ra-

room... ba-ra-rooom...". The males are calling

to their mates.

The female hear the call.

The male hugs his mate. He fertilizes her eggs as

she lays them in the water. Thousands of soft

jelly-covered eggs cling together in the cool water.

The artwork shows the frogs hugging, and neither art nor wordage was inappropriate or graphic, in my opinion. Certainly my children didn't think anything of it.

The AR reading level is given as 1.6 which means this is a book for a child in the second half of the first grade. While professionally assessed, this mom thinks quite a few first graders will need some help because of the vocabulary. More difficult words include: hibernate, thousands, whistle, creatures, stretching, fertilizes, speckled, and capture. Words they might not be familiar with are: mate, female, male, breathe, gills, and cling.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By H. Row on March 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is another great STAGE 1 book in the "Let's Read & Find Out" Science Series. The STAGE 1 Series books are written for preschool and kindergarten-age kids (age 3 to 6) about basic science concepts.
This book has 32 pages of nice illustrations (artwork NOT photography) to help the words tell about the developmental stages of frogs.
Some children's books miss the fact of who their target audience is. The "Let's Read & Find Out" books consistently keep subject matter easily understood using age appropriate vocabulary and keep a child interested at the same time.
We recently bought a home science frog growing kit. This book is perfect read along material to show my five year old son what to anticipate in coming weeks.
The books are written for the reading ability of an "average" 3 year old. Older kids may very well get bored with the simple reading in this book. But, they should find the information about frogs fascinating, especially if they are participating in growing some at home or in class! Remember how much fun frog eggs and tadpoles were as a kid?
We have several books in this series and are pleased that our son enjoys them so much.
John Row
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is very appropriate for any young one learning about frogs. My nephew has learned alot from this book about where frogs come from. The pictures are real and not drawings which I like.
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Life is indeed miraculous and beautiful and for little ones who are just beginning to learn about the wonders of metamorphosis in nature, this is an excellent introduction. The simple yet informative text by Wendy Pfeffer is enhanced by the beautiful, subtle hues in the watercolor illustrations of Holly Keller. My 6.5-year-old loved reading about the jelly-coated frogs' eggs, which in turn hatch into tadpoles, and of the amazing transformation that changes the tadpoles into frogs.

This fun and educational Let's Read And Find Out Science Series is highly recommended for preschool - early elementary aged kids.
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I'm a homeschooling mother and therefore I'm always on the look out for great educational books. Let me tell you, you can't go wrong with any of the books in this series. I've purchases all the books in stage 1 and have now moved on to level 2. The illustrations are fantastic, the information is clear and not too much. The book is written in a way that satisfies the curiosity of a first grader. Highly recommended!
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By Nana Nancy on April 26, 2014
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I had to get this book when I saw the title. My Grandson (5) loves frogs, and when I was a little girl I collected tad poles and watched them turn into frogs. This book explained how it all happens and the pictures made it easy for the kids to understand. Once again, I like them to learn something when they read, and my 6 year old granddaughter was able to read some of the book herself.
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What a fantastic book to show the life-cycle of a tadpole to a frog! The pictures are simple and the sentences short and easy to understand for Pre-K students. I use this book every year when we have tadpoles brought to the class. The children are able to follow the steps of the book with their very own tadpoles. They chart the tadpoles transformation into a frog!
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By Thomas A. Nichols on January 9, 2014
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The box containing the tadpole and accessories arrived today in great shape. It was very well packed and complete with all accessories and easy to follow instructions. Everything went together and our grand daughter was thrilled. I had dealt with another company and never got the tadpole. This purchase was well done from start to finish. Thank you.
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